January 19, 2018

SDDA Reminds Producers of Mandatory Dicamba Trainings

In December, the South Dakota Department of Agriculture (SDDA) approved Engenia, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology and Fexapan herbicides for use in South Dakota for the 2018 growing season. Per the label, all persons, private or commercial, applying these products must also complete dicamba-specific training and pass an examination. Documentation of completion of the training and examination will be required to apply these products.

Trainings will be offered by each of the registering companies. Trainings dates and links for registration can be found on SDDA’s website at sdda.sd.gov, located under the “Happening Now” section. There is no cost to attend the trainings.

“I encourage all applicators to attend one of these trainings, whether or not you are considering using one of these products in 2018,” said Secretary of Agriculture Mike Jaspers. “Use of these products will require planning ahead. Now is the time to start. These trainings will provide valuable information on label restrictions and best practices for use of these products. In addition to trainings, producers should take time to start conversations with their agronomist, seed dealer and neighbors.”

Applicators may attend any of the dicamba-specific trainings to meet the requirement to use any of the three registered products. If an applicator attends training in a bordering state, the department will require proof of attendance to apply the products in South Dakota. Once proof of training has been received, each applicator will receive a new certification card in the mail.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit the SDDA online at http://sdda.sd.gov or find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Monsanto Forecasts 40 Million Acres of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend Soybeans in 2018

Monsanto, the world’s largest seed and ag chemical company says it expects U.S. farmers will plant 40 million acres of its dicamba-tolerant GMO soybeans this year, double the 2017 total and equal to four of every 10 acres of projected soybean plantings.

Monsanto prominently included the continued adoption of its dicamba-resistant soybeans among its “expected drivers of growth” in business this year during a conference call with investors.

Monsanto said it “continues to expect 40 million acres of Roundup Ready 2 Xtend soybeans to be planted in fiscal year 2018.”

President Brett Begemann.

Monsanto’s executive vice president and chief technology officer, Rob Fraley.

The company isn’t providing detailed guidance for full-year earnings, as its $66 billion takeover by Germany’s Bayer AG is still pending.

Monsanto expects the Bayer deal to close in early 2018, with about half of regulatory approvals secured so far.

SD Department of Agriculture Registers Dicamba Products in South Dakota

The South Dakota Department of Agriculture has approved Engenia, Xtendimax with Vapor Grip technology and Fexapan herbicides for use in South Dakota for the 2018 growing season. These labels expire Dec. 20, 2018.

The SDDA will use the federal EPA stamped label for use in the state. Per the EPA label, these products are now restricted use products, meaning the applicator must be a certified private or commercial applicator to purchase and apply the products. All persons applying the products must also complete a dicamba-specific training and examination. Documentation of completion of the training and examination will be required to purchase these products.

“As a producer myself, I understand the time and energy that farmers put into their crop each season. What is important to note for everyone is that these new label restrictions will require more planning, for both growers and applicators, this year prior to the planting season, as well as during the application season,” said secretary of agriculture Mike Jaspers. “However, the way we all handle application on every field, every time will impact the future of these products and agriculture in South Dakota. It’s important that we take the time to plan ahead to make sure we are being good neighbors and good stewards of this technology.”

As with all products registered by the department, applicators are required to read and follow the label prior to and during application. Application of Engenia, Xtendimax and Fexapan must be completed between sunrise and sunset when wind speeds are from 3-10 mph at boom height. Applications can occur until the R1 growth stage of the soybean crop, also known as beginning bloom.

Applicators will be required to maintain records of each application; records are required to be completed at the end of each day of application. Tank mix information must be printed and stapled to the spray record to verify the applicator referenced the website no more than seven days prior to application. The labeled tank mix information and allowable nozzles are available on the manufactures’ websites.

Agriculture is a major contributor to South Dakota’s economy, generating $25.6 billion in annual economic activity and employing over 115,000 South Dakotans. The South Dakota Department of Agriculture’s mission is to promote, protect and preserve South Dakota agriculture for today and tomorrow. Visit the SDDA online at http://sdda.sd.gov or on Facebook and Twitter.